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Vin Diesel recently shared a new photo of himself with late actor Paul WalkerVinDiesel/Facebook

Fans of the late Paul Walker have flocked to see Fast and Furious 7, the final role after the actor died in a 2013 car crash.

The film is now the ninth-biggest opening of all time, overtaking the previous April record-holder Captain America: The Winter Solder, which took $95m at the box office this time last year.

"This is a bittersweet instalment in the franchise," said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.

He said Paul Walker's death "made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn't seen some of the instalments.

"It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him."

In the film, Vin Diesel's character says: "those who are lost go on in the hearts of the living".

The actor died in a 2013 car crash at the age of 40 while filming of Fast and Furious 7 was taking place. His work on the film was completed using digital technology and some stand-ins, including his brothers.

Wiz Khalifa has released the music video for Fast And Furious 7 track See You Again, unveiling an emotional tribute to the late Paul Walker.

See You Again, his collaboration with Charlie Puth, is a poignant track.

Featuring clips of Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner throughout the Fast And Furious franchise, the video also includes the character's final scenes.

Co-star Vin Diesel shared the video for the song late Sunday on his Facebook page, where it has more than 1.5 million likes.

"Not gonna lie, I shed a few tears at the end of Furious 7. The tribute to Paul Walker was very well done," one woman tweeted on Monday.